Herpangina is a viral illness in which ulcers and sores (lesions) form inside the mouth, and there is a sore throat and fever.
See also: Hand, foot, and mouth disease
Herpangina is typically caused by Coxsackie group A viruses.
The number of cases of herpangina is unknown, but it is a common childhood infection. It is most often seen in children ages 3 - 10, but it can occur in any age group. Cases of herpangina at school or in the neighborhood increase the chances that your child will develop the illness.
The ulcers usually have a white to whitish-gray base and a red border. They may be very painful. Generally, there are only a few sores.
Tests are not normally necessary. Diagnosis can usually be made from the history and physical examination.
The symptoms are treated as necessary:
The illness normally clears up within a week.
Dehydration is the most common complication, but it can be treated by your doctor.
Call your health care provider if:
Coxsackie virus is transmitted by contamination with feces, which means you can catch the virus by touching your mouth or eating without thoroughly washing your hands. Good handwashing practices can help prevent transmitting most viruses.
Being aware of other cases of herpangina in your neighborhood or school may allow earlier diagnosis.